Brachy Therapy Experiences?

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  • CancerFree4ever
    CancerFree4ever Member Posts: 11
    edited October 2019 #42
    Quilter_1 said:

    My brachy experience was not

    My brachy experience was not unpleasant.  Using the dilators is a nuisance, but, tolerable.  For now, I am not experiencing any ill effects from any of my radiation treatments, I guess time will tell.   I chose to do what my gyn/onc and rad/onc recommended, which was 32 pelvic IMRT and 6 brachy. Cheers to all of us for fighting the good fight, thank you all for the loving support and information provided here.

    Linda

    A few questions Linda

    Hi Linda,

    I have a few questions about the Radiation experience and the Brach.

    Did you have the CT Simulation? Which I know is standard

    But,,, Did you also have an MRI to decide size of tumor?

    Did you have the Brachy before the radiation, or after?

    Did you have any side affects at all from the radiation........and where was your tumor in relation to near the bladder?

    Thanks so much

     

  • janaes
    janaes Member Posts: 799
    edited October 2019 #43
    You made your desision and

    You made your desision and thats great. You just move forward now to your next step and remember you made the best desision for your self. That will keep you going

    good job

    janae

     

  • Feelingalone74
    Feelingalone74 Member Posts: 243
    janaes said:

    You made your desision and

    You made your desision and thats great. You just move forward now to your next step and remember you made the best desision for your self. That will keep you going

    good job

    janae

     

    Thanks so much Jane's for

    Thanks so much Jane's for your support! I agree, moving forward is now what I need to do now that I made my decision. 

    I have 1 more radiation  treatment and 1 chemo in Nov and 1 in Dec. Then I'm  hoping to get a clean bill of health and return to my beloved job and resume life as it was.

    Kindly, Michelle 

  • janaes
    janaes Member Posts: 799
    You got this. 

    You got this. 

  • Armywife
    Armywife Member Posts: 449 Member

    Hi Janae, that's exactly what

    Hi Janae, that's exactly what I did. I put the decision aside this weekend and spent sometime doing some things I enjoy.

    Yes , a doctor was calling me back. He called Friday and this a.m. already.

    He had consulted with my gynecological oncologist.  Being it's not a homerun having treatment and I will have had 25 external beam radiation I'm quite concern about more radiation.  He says he supports me not having it done. I am respectfully declining with much hesitation and praying to god for no regret.  I feel I've given it to god now and will continue to pray I made the right decision for me.

    Thanks for all your support!

    Kindly, Michelle 

    Michelle

    A very wise friend told me when I made the decision not to have radiation, "Don't look back.  You're not going that way."  I have not looked back except with relief, and I hope you will have peace.  I do remember it was a very strange feeling to suddenly just be done with treatment, after I thought it was inevitable to continue.  You'll get your feet back under you soon.

    Blessings!

  • Feelingalone74
    Feelingalone74 Member Posts: 243
    Armywife said:

    Michelle

    A very wise friend told me when I made the decision not to have radiation, "Don't look back.  You're not going that way."  I have not looked back except with relief, and I hope you will have peace.  I do remember it was a very strange feeling to suddenly just be done with treatment, after I thought it was inevitable to continue.  You'll get your feet back under you soon.

    Blessings!

    Armywife,  I think that's

    Armywife,  I think that's great advice that your friend shared with u ! Thanks for sharing it with me! 

    My 25 radiation treatments are done, respectively declined the brachytherapy as my gynecological oncologist said it wasnt needed, and only 2 more chemos left.  

    Happy to say so far I'm feeling pretty good with only a little side effects. Hoping that continues!

    Hope all is well with u!

    Michelle 

  • Feelingalone74
    Feelingalone74 Member Posts: 243
    janaes said:

    You got this. 

    You got this. 

    Thanks so much Janaes!!!

    Thanks so much Janaes!!!

    Thankfully so far I'm feeling good with little side effects.  Hoping that continues for my last 2 treatments. 

    I hope all is well with u!

    Michelle 

  • Quilter_1
    Quilter_1 Member Posts: 117 Member

    A few questions Linda

    Hi Linda,

    I have a few questions about the Radiation experience and the Brach.

    Did you have the CT Simulation? Which I know is standard

    But,,, Did you also have an MRI to decide size of tumor?

    Did you have the Brachy before the radiation, or after?

    Did you have any side affects at all from the radiation........and where was your tumor in relation to near the bladder?

    Thanks so much

     

     Sorry it took me so long to

     Sorry it took me so long to reply, we were on vacation for several weeks.  I did have the ct simulation, before each of my 6 brachy treatments.  I also had 32 pelvic IMRT, but did not have an MRI prior to treatments.  I had a complete hysterectomy several months before and had already begun chemo.  My treatments were strictly for helping to avoid recurrence, I had UPSC stage 1a.  My treatments were pretty cut and dry, I trusted my doctors, and, so far so good.  I may have issues with all of the radiation I had in the future, but for now, I am well and thankful for that.  If problems present themselves in the future, I guess I will just try to deal with them as best I can.

  • Mercorby
    Mercorby Member Posts: 34 Member
    edited December 2019 #50
    Hi there,

    Hi there,

    I had vaginal brachytherapy about 4 weeks after my hysterectomy.  It wasn't painful.  The biggest side effect was that became dryer there.  However, that could be a combination of menopause, the hysterectomy, and the brachytherapy.  Anyway, there are some really good lubricants that help.

    This is totally doable.

    Kind regards,

    Corby